The ABCs of Summer

Five white wines guaranteed to make a splash this summer


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Assyrtiko

Pretty much limited to the island of Santorini in Greece, Assyrtiko is the quintessential summer wine. Much like Australian Riesling, at their best they are mineral and filled with refreshing citrus flavors, but with a compelling slap of saltiness on the finish. Grown from ancient vines in a harsh, unforgiving environment, Assyrtiko blooms from the volcanic soil full of tension and laser-like focus. This is one of the world’s best seafood wines, as long as you keep the preparations simple. While not as age worthy as the aforementioned Rieslings, these wines have a few years of life in them, but I would catch them on the young side to maximize their ripping tension. Another great value with wines priced at $30 or under.

Two to try:

The New Wave: Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Wild Ferment


Classic Beauty: Argyros Assyrtiko Santorini

 

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  • What?
    No Vinho Verde???
    How about Cruzeiro? A great Vinho Verde?
    Adele

    Jun 07, 2013 at 8:45 AM


  • Snooth User: SM
    1097030 218

    I honestly didn't mind the multitudinous references to white wine and seafood pairings, it is one of summer's many joys. I have been enjoying the focus the last few weeks on whites and fish/seafood cuisine.

    Though I thought of a few possible additions to the summer whites list: Gruner Veltliner, Verdejo, Fiano and for the adventurous Furmint, Harslevelu.

    Jun 07, 2013 at 9:15 PM


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